Over the weekend

Over the weekend I managed to get a few things finished or worked on here at the house.  Not everything I wanted got done, and now it’s Monday and back to work, but several things were finished.

First up, the bathroom remodel, that was started last spring, is finally OVER!  DONE!  COMPLETE!!!!!  (according to me, DH is thinking new countertop but I kind of like the brightness of the white).

 

Those walls took forever to finish.  First the drywall compound gave me fits, then finding the right color for such a small room that was warm, neutral and went with the two pictures that were to remain was challenging.  And of course that type of work is slow for me to accomplish.  In the end I’m pleased with the results.  All of the woodwork was custom made by DH (with a little help from the youngest grand over the winter holiday visit).  And it was done one step at a time.  Which is how we do things.  First piece goes in, then the second piece is decided on.  In the end I have exactly what I want, open shelving, some decorative, some functional, and the room kept it’s open feeling.  I didn’t want the room to feel overwhelmed with the storage needed.

DH also got my lighting under my kitchen cabinet changed out over the holidays.  I can now see when I pour my coffee into one of my darker mugs.  He would have done this ages ago, but I balked on the cost of the fixtures, they’re LED lights.  As per usual, I should have said yes ages ago!

And we finally have hens, or one of them, laying again.

 

My hens went off laying in early November when they went through a molt.  Then the shorter days kept the lack of eggs going.  Yesterday I got my first fresh egg of 2018!  I’m down to five hens now, re-homed the older ones.  Five hens is more than enough for a two person household once they all start laying again.  And they’re not all seven day a week layers, so I’m anticipating about 3 eggs a day.  Perfect numbers if it all works out!

 

I also spent some time this weekend with knitting, both working on the in process mystery shawl and some new stitch markers.  Once the stitch markers are knitter tested, I’m planning on adding them to my etsy shop.

 

 

All in all, it was a busy weekend.  But now it’s Monday and it’s time to head back into the studio and the office for the week.

 

 

2015? Already?

So, I look at my phone today and it shows me that it’s January 3rd, 2015!  Really, we’re in 2015?  How did that happen?  When did that happen?  Okay, logically, I know that 3 days ago was when we moved into 2015, but mentally, I’m just not  there.

Over the course of the last few days, while I’ve been down with the flu bug, I’ve paid little attention to social media, except the occasional browse through Facebook.  Hey, who doesn’t browse FB when they’re bored?  One of the things that I saw mentioned was that the movie “Back to the Future II” was set in 2015.  My first thought, then where are the flying cars!  LOL

That got me to thinking about the year change and our expectations or lack of them.  Resolutions, intention words, changes, I don’t particularly set any of them.  And yet, always during December, in the darkest of the long nights, I find myself looking forward.  And thinking about changes I’d like to make.  Just as I always spend a few days near the end of January, when the sun is shining and the temps are mild cleaning house.  Or in February when I start browsing the garden centers, even though it’s way too early to plant.  Some things just come naturally at certain times of the year.

Earlier in December, I was thinking of regaining my health (knee injury) and maybe dropping the weight I put on before my low thyroid was diagnosed.  Did I set a resolution to start on New Years Day?   No, I’m too impatient to wait for a day three to four weeks away.  Did I make progress, well, for a little while, until the holidays hit, and then I got the flu.  Will I go back to the changes I had implemented (drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, taking daily walks), most definitely!  As soon as I’m truly back on my feet. Which hopefully will be in the next few days (did I mention my patience level?).

I suppose, if I’m honest, I do have intentions for 2015.  Several months back, myself and a friend both decided that we would work more out of our stash this year.  Now that won’t be hard for her, stash, and scrappy, are her preferred way of quilting. But for me, I’ve never really held to working out of either for any length of time.  Will I manage it?  Who knows?  I will give it a good try, and I do have a decent stash to work out of.  And I did order in some special fabric for a planned project.  After all, now that it’s here, it’s stash, right?

Another intention is to do more sharing of what I’ve learned over the years.  Not exactly teaching, but lectures and workshops.  I guess workshops are teaching in their own manner.  I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching a teenager how to make clothes this last year and it’s re-ignited my love of garments.  Now if only my body was as easy to fit as it was 25 years ago!  I’ve booked two lectures (quilting related) for 2014 so far, and look forward to them.

Of course, as Quilt Show Co-Chair for the Lake Norman Quilters  Guild show in August, I know that I’ll be busy with organization.  But I’d like to see that organization extend into my home office as well.  Truly I would.  I dream of having all the paperwork caught up to date, but there’s that patience thing again to sit down and actually do the paperwork!

And I’m taking some online courses to refresh my bookkeeping skills.  Who knows where that may lead, but learning, or  re-learning, is never wasted!

I’ve started advertising my longarm quilting services again, as I do miss the interaction with quilters and enjoy seeing their finished quilts.

I’ve decided to cut back on the rabbitry.  I have nine Angora rabbits now and as they slowly leave me (as they inevitably will), I won’t be replacing them.  While I love the breed, they take a lot of time that I’d much rather spend elsewhere.  And I still have the 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 16 chickens here to care for.  Why yes, I do believe I am an animal magnet!  LOL

So, those are a few of the “intentions”, or “resolutions”, or changes that I’d like to see happen in 2015, and beyond.  After all, why limit it to just the next 365 362 days?

If you can ‘t quilt….

While I’m waiting on parts for my longarm, I am making some progress on personal projects.

What were originally going to be square placemats are now a seasonal quilt top:

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And of course with the Tour DeFleece still going on over at Ravelry, there’s always spinning to do. These are ready to ply:

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And these batts are going to be started tonight:

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Or there’s garment sewing to do:

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And if all else fails, I can always watch a silly kitten make her way around the house slowly conquering all sorts of mountains and climbing apparatus:

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Or collect some eggs:

Or walk the yard and look at the flowers:

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But what I really want to do is go back to work quilting! Maybe tomorrow…..